Apple readying new simultaneous dual-band AirPort Express, Time Capsule?

Apple readying new simultaneous dual-band AirPort Express, Time Capsule?

Summary: No sooner is there a rumor that Apple is planning an event (in this case, a March 24 one) than speculation begins on what the company is going to announce during its presentation (presumably a Jobs-less one this time). Already there's talk of fresh versions of Mac desktops, and Engadget is reporting that new versions of Apple's AirPort Extreme router and Time Capsule router/network storage have reached the FCC.

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No sooner is there a rumor that Apple is planning an event (in this case, a March 24 one) than speculation begins on what the company is going to announce during its presentation (presumably a Jobs-less one this time). Already there's talk of fresh versions of Mac desktops, and Engadget is reporting that new versions of Apple's AirPort Extreme router and Time Capsule router/network storage have reached the FCC.

Since both devices already work on either the 2.4GHz or 5GHz channels, Engadget speculates that the new units may work on those frequencies simultaneously. In fact, correspondence on the FCC Web site here and here seems to confirm this. There are no other noteworthy details that can be gleaned from the documentation, such as new capacities for the Time Capsule. As you probably already know, the 5GHz channel is lot less crowded with interference from other devices like cordless phones, which can impact 2.4GHz-based networking. This simultaneously dual-band support is still fairly uncommon among new networking products—no doubt related to cost considerations—but price has never been a big concern when it comes to Apple's product launches anyway.

Topics: Apple, Government, Government US, Networking

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  • Airport Express: I Wish!

    I got an email about this today, and got all
    excited about the "Airport Express" in the
    title. Alas, I think you meant "Airport
    Extreme", as the article notes.

    If Airport Express was dual band, too, I could
    use one as a high-performance wireless bridge
    in conjunction with the now-released dual band
    Airport Extreme!

    Also: ironic that this news story hit the
    emails on 3/4, when the announcement of the
    actual release of the devices came on 3/3. :-)
    Boulder_Bum